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Over the Wall
Over The Wall provides free of charge residential activity camps to children and young people aged 8-17 affected by serious illness and their families. We give seriously ill children and their families a week of experiences that are memorable, fun, empowering, physically safe and medically sound- but we require a superb group of Volunteers to make the magic happen.
Description

Over The Wall is a charity that helps children, young people and their families, living in the UK, reach beyond the boundaries of their health challenges to discover a world of mischief, magic and new possibilities. We do this by providing free of charge, transformative activity camps throughout the UK. We create an inclusive environment where children and young people can be themselves, thrive and grow.  

Our Health Challenge & Siblings Camps are magical places where campers take part in fun activities including Sports and Games, Drama, Arts and Crafts and Discovery. Campers will be divided into teams based on their age groups of 8-10, 11-13, 13-15 and 15-17 years of age.   

Teammates help create a fun, safe and supportive environment for children with health challenges and their siblings to try new things, have amazing impactful experiences, build confidence and time for reflection on all their achievements. 

If you want to do something incredible, have fun and help create great memories for campers and meet like minded amazing people, apply today!  

Duties

Our Health Challenge & Siblings Camps are magical places where campers take part in fun activities including sports and games, drama, arts and crafts and discovery. Campers are divided into teams based on their age groups of 8-10, 11-13, 13-15 and 15-17 years of age. 

Participate in daily camper life to provide nursing/medical care. Facilitate a medically sound and safe camp experience for children with chronic and life threatening illnesses by contributing to a 24/7 provision of residential medical care. Clinical volunteers will work under the supervision of the Director of Nursing and Nursing Coordinator. 

You will also be part of a team of other incredible volunteers and will need a sense of fun with an energetic, enthusiastic and positive approach. If you are looking for an amazing and rewarding experience where you can make a difference in young people’s lives and see these young people out of a hospital setting, the sign up to be a clinical volunteer today! 

Camp is four days long and you will be required to arrive one day early for training. We will give you all the necessary training and support and provide your accommodation and food for the duration of camp. 

Requirements:  

NURSE  

Registered Children’s, Adult or Learning Disabilities nurse.  

Qualified for 18 months (Children’s nurse),  2 years (Adult/ Learning Disabilities nurse) or 12 months if previously a student nurse with Over The Wall  

Registered with NMC  

Holds professional indemnity insurance  

Holds valid, current life support training.  

DOCTOR  

ST2 or above (or equivalent) Pediatrics, GP or A&E or have recent Pediatric experience Registered with the GMC  

Holds professional indemnity insurance  

Holds valid, current life support training.  

PARAMEDIC  

Qualified Paramedic  

Post registration experience: 2 years  

Registered with HCPC  

Holds professional indemnity insurance with College of Paramedics  

Holds valid, current life support training. 

To find out more and to start your application, please visit www.otw.org.uk 

Who will the volunteers be working with?
Volunteers will be working with 8 - 17 year olds who are affected by health challenges. You will also be part of a team with other volunteers, including Team Leaders, Activity Leaders, Clinical Volunteers and the Staff Team.
Training
We will offer a full day of training the day before camps, this will include training in our Therapeutic Recreation Model, Behaviour Empowerment, Basic Medical Training and a full tour of the site.

There will also be Elearning that would need to be completed prior to camp.

Time commitment

We are currently seeking volunteers for our Southern Camps, we ask that volunteers are able to commit for the entirety of camp. Camp dates include:

Family Camp- 12th-14th April 2023 (Bryanston School, Dorset)
South Health Challenge & Siblings Camp- 8th-12th April 2024 (Bryanston School, Dorset)
Application deadline

This organisation is one of our community partner organisations.

Like all volunteer recruiters we work with, they have signed up to our service standards, agreeing to abide by our policy on partnership working to keep you safe and supported whilst you volunteer.

You’ll never be out of pocket for volunteering through us – with in-London travel expenses to and from your volunteering guaranteed.

In addition, the team here at Students’ Union UCL Volunteering Service is here to support you throughout your volunteering journey – you can get in touch with us at any time.